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hello, and welcome to bbc news. there's been a major purge in the government in saudi arabia. ten royal princes, among them, several senior ministers, as well as dozens of former ministers, have been detained in a campaign to stamp out corruption. crown prince mohammed bin salman, who's in charge of the new anti—corruption committee, appears to have sidelined powerful rivals. it seems the heads of the saudi national guard and navy have been replaced. we'll bring you more on that as we get it. we stay in saudi arabia, because state media there says the military has shot down a missile over the capital, riyadh. officials believe the weapon was fired from yemen, where houthi rebels, backed by iran, are fighting the saudi—backed government. mohamed taha from bbc arabic says it's clear the houthis intended to cause major damage. it couldn't be denied because, as you said, whether the missile or parts of it hit the airport or a building in the airport,
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whether it has been intercepted or not, but you know, and at the end of the day, there is fire, there is explosion in parts of the airport. the fact that this missile managed to get to riyadh is significant. mohamad taha of bbc arabic. and in a further development in the region, iran has rejected accusations by the lebanese prime minister that it's spreading violence across the middle east. saad hariri resigned from his post unexpectedly, saying he feared for his life. iranian officials say his resignation is a saudi plot to create tension in lebanon and the region. martin patience reports from beirut. for the prime minister of a small nation, saad al—hariri has had some very powerful friends.
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that is because lebanon matters in the middle east. it's a country outsiders fight to control. and today, an extraordinary sign of that. the prime minister resigned, saying he feared assassination. speaking from saudi arabia, saad al—hariri fired this warning to iran. translation: i want to say to iran and its followers, that they are losing in their interference in the affairs of the arab world. our nation will rise up, as it has done in the past, and cut off the hands that wickedly extend into it. iran and saudi arabia are fighting a proxy war across the middle east. in lebanon, tehran backs the movement, hezbollah, which commands strong support.
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but its opponents say it operates as a state within a state. and its armed wing was accused of killing saad al—hariri's father more than a decade ago by a massive truck bomb. it traumatised the nation, but reshaped the middle east. and now some are asking whether his son's resignation will do the same. this announcement has left people here stunned and created enormous uncertainty. lebanon has generally been spared the violence seen elsewhere in recent years. but now many lebanese fear their country could be a casualty in the wider regional struggle. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. let's discuss some of this further now with sama'a al—hamdani, a yemeni analyst and president of the non—profit yemen cultural institute. she joins me from washington. first of all, firing a missile at
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the main airport is quite a message from the rebels. absolutely. the war between yemen and saudi arabia has an going on for a long time, and this is the most they have achieved since the start of the war. in 2.5 yea rs, since the start of the war. in 2.5 years, this is the strongest attack the houthis have launched on saudi arabia that it is showing us in some level their capacity is developing. they are sending a message. it could also be a call to the world. together with what else you mentioned, the resignation and the anticorruption campaign going on in saudi arabia, this will also link to an increase in tension between saudi arabia and iran because the houthis have done this. how do you think
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saudi arabia's crown prince will respond to such provocation?” saudi arabia's crown prince will respond to such provocation? i mean, it immediately, we can see the result anytime watcher to have lodged anything towards saudi arabia, which they have done before. —— anytime the houthis. this time, it scared people. any time they have launched a missile, they have responded furiously in yemen by targeting a few areas and creating chaos. this is a time where we feel for the civilians in yemen caught up in the bombardment. because the houthis were able to send one missile into saudi arabia but they cannot launch an entire war against them. on the other hand, saudi arabia can retaliate very strongly. as you were just alluding to, what we see here is yemen and lebanon being used as a staging post for a proxy war between saudi arabia and
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iran. how do you see this playing out? well, i don't think that lebanon could potentially be dragged into it as easy as one would imagine because they are holding strong even though syria and the countries around them are engaged in war there. i can see an escalation in there. i can see an escalation in the saudi rhetoric against them indirectly. what is clear is the regime is struggling. they are trying to consolidate power. this attack by the houthis on the capital is an embarrassment to say the least because they have been watching a warfor2.5 because they have been watching a warfor 2.5 years because they have been watching a warfor2.5 years and because they have been watching a warfor 2.5 years and claiming success. warfor 2.5 years and claiming success. in a sense, there is a lot of pressure on him. he has taken on too much responsibility. he is the head of the war on yemen, the head of the islamic companion against terrorism, and he is also now the head of the kingdom. he is wearing many hats and trying to do a lot at
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the same time. there is a lot of fear about what that means for the security and stability of saudi arabia. i apologise, the clock is against us. thank you for your analysis. thank you. reporting from washington. this is bbc news. ok, let's ta ke washington. this is bbc news. ok, let's take a look at some other stories making the news now. typhoon damrey has killed at least 19 people in central and southern parts of vietnam. rescue teams say more than 33,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and at least a dozen are missing. president trump has departed hawaii forjapan on the first leg of a tour of asia, which is certain to be dominated by the crisis over north korea's nuclear programme. later in the week, the president will travel to south korea, and then china, the key stop on his five—nation visit. he will later attend summits in vietnam and the philippines. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: turning back time. we'll tell you about the cycling
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enthusiasts who are harking back to an earlier age. labour has called on all the main political parties to agree a new, independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. it comes ahead of a meeting planned by theresa may with opposition leaders on monday, to discuss proposals for fresh grievance procedures for staff and mps. the crisis has now spread to holyrood, with the scottish nationalist msp mark mcdonald resigning as a government minister over "inappropriate" behaviour. our political correspondent, iain watson, reports. this is the week when politicians‘ private lives became very public. past actions by some mps have had serious consequences. there have been accusations, resignations, investigations, and it's clear the current crisis at westminster will continue to fill the front—pages. tonight, there are newspaper claims that sir michael fallon lost his job
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when a journalist contacted downing street to say he'd behaved inappropriately towards her 14 years ago. friends of michael fallon don't deny that this took place but i understand no single incident led to his departure. and tonight, a new resignation, this time, the childcare minister in the scottish government. in a statement the snp‘s mark mcdonald said... and he went on to apologize to anyone he may have upset. political parties are now responding to the spate of allegations. the conservatives have toughened their code of conduct. the shadow foreign secretary has said a younger generation no longer put up with harassment and many women mps have been pressing for an independent body to hear any complaints and labour's leadership has now agreed. we need to make sure that our youngsters know that we will listen to them, that we will help,
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that it is not acceptable, and that they do not need to put up with any of it. you know, we've got to say no to this and they will find friends and allies, people like me, who will not put up with this. you know, some of the things i've heard in the last week have been so disgusting. the physical structures of parliament are being made fit for the 21st—century, and, on monday, theresa may wants to do much the same thing with the wider culture here at westminster. she is holding cross party talks to try to get broad agreement on tackling harassment and inappropriate behaviour, but some mps are worried that political careers could end on the basis of rumour and the settling of old scores. there is a febrile atmosphere, and there's a feeding frenzy that some have described, i think probably rightly, as a witch—hunt. yes, this may sell tomorrow's chip wrappings but this is more serious than that. and i believe that my colleague, members of parliament have a right to the same naturaljustice as everybody else and they are not getting it.
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party leaders want to be seen to be taken tough action against harrassment but they know, perhaps even fear, that they are not entirely in control of events. iain watson, bbc news. a seven—year—old girl has died after suffering critical injuries in an incident at a house in south—west london on friday. 55—year—old, robert peters, whom officers say was known to the victim, has appeared in court charged with attempted murder. he's been remanded in custody until december. lawyers for the us soldier bow burgdahl, who pleaded guilty to abandoning his post in afghanistan, say they'll appeal the sentence he was given by a militaryjudge on friday. bergdahl was spared a custodial term, but given a dishonourable discharge, a ten thousand dollar fine, and a demotion to the rank of private. his lawyers had argued that he was suffering from mental conditions and shouldn't face prison. we can speak to eugene fidell,
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mr bergdahl‘s lead defence counsel. he also teaches military law at yale law school. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. how is your client? he is catching his breath. this was a tremendous relief for him to know he is not going to prison. he is trying to figure out what is going to happen in the next chapter of his life. we understand you are going to appeal. what is actually going to happen? he did plead guilty, of course, did he not? yes, he did. the way our system works, the system is a markup of the system in effect of george iii. we inherited that and we
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still have a bit of it in large effects. from here goes to the convening authority in north carolina. after he acts on the proceedings, the case is eligible for review by the us court of appeal which consists of serving officers. then it goes to the civilian court of appealfor the armed then it goes to the civilian court of appeal for the armed forces, a court of appeal. eventually it can wind up at the supreme court. 0k. cani wind up at the supreme court. 0k. can i move you on to president trump and his comments? outside court you described his comments as a dark cloud over the case. how much do you think he influenced the process? he... umm... he has thrown a spanner into the works here. president trump has committed some of the worst misconduct of any president in terms
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of interfering with the administration ofjustice. of interfering with the administration of justice. and of interfering with the administration ofjustice. and he has done a world of damage to public confidence in the administration of justice. that kind of conduct which we call apparent unlawful command influence is said to be the lawful enemy of militaryjustice and i can assure you we will pursue that very energetically. when he said that sergeant burgdahl should be executed, how did bow burgdahl react? he took a poorly. donald trump vilified him back and forth across the country at rally after rally. he started a lynch mob atmosphere. that is what is the prosperous! i understand that as pa rt prosperous! i understand that as part of this dishonourable discharge, as it is known, bow burgdahl would lose his healthcare benefits, the things he is entitled to asa
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benefits, the things he is entitled to as a veteran, how important would they be too —— to him? to as a veteran, how important would they be too -- to him? it is so important. he has several issues that he requires benefits for. has physical and mental disabilities due to his treatment at the hands of the network for nearly five years. he was kept in a cage for much of that time. he is a person that is going to need a lot of medical and psychological assistance for the remainder of his life. 0k. psychological assistance for the remainder of his life. ok. we do appreciate your time. thank you for joining us here on bbc news. you are very welcome. this is bbc news. the crown prince of saudi arabia has launched a major anti—corruption purge in the government. several royal princes and current and former ministers have been detained. labour is calling for a new and independent system for all parties — to tackle claims of sexual harassment at westminster.
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the ousted head of the catalan government, carles puigdemont, islamic state militants are reported to have donated a car bomb at people displaced by fighting in a syrian province. syrian state media said dozens province. syrian state media said d oze ns of province. syrian state media said dozens of people gathered on the eastern bank of the river and had been killed or injured. on friday, i is lost control of the city, its last remaining stronghold in syria. the ousted head of the catalan government, carles puigdemont, has urged ‘all democrats' to unite, ahead of snap elections in catalonia. a spanishjudge has issued european arrest warrants for mr puigdemont and four of his allies. they went to belgium after the catalan parliament declared independence, and madrid reacted by imposing direct rule. commenting on social media, mr puigdemont called for the release of political prisoners. eight former members of the regional
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government are being held in custody in spain. so what chance is there that belgium will send mr puigdemont back to spain? nick vamos is a former head of extradition at the uk crown prosecution service and now partner at peters and peters law firm. there has to be a judicial process now in belgium to decide whether the warrant is valid and should be executed and, therefore, mr puigdemont should be returned to spain. that is far from straightforward. there are several tests that the court will need to apply before it reaches a conclusion. the first one is whether what he did in spain would amount to an offence in belgium. that is the dual criminality test. he is charged with, among other things, rebellion and sedition. it is not at all clear whether that would be an offence in belgium. they have their own federal
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system and there and separatist movements there as well. you can see immediately how that is sensitive for a belgian court to consider. it's a0 years since one of the biggest advances in human fertility — in vitro fertilisation — or ivf. since then more than a quarter of a million healthy ivf babies have been born in britain alone. here are some things you might not know about the procedure. around the world, people release healy and balloons to mark special occasions. campaigners here in the uk say that the objects are a growing threat to animals which can die from becoming entangled within them. the litter in our seas, an issue largely hidden. and how it gets there isn't always clear. so look at this, and think about it. where do they land ? what goes up must come down. and the result is trouble at sea. it's wildlife getting tangled in them, the plastic litter is very unsightly, and...
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campaigns have been running for years but the message isn't getting through. most people think, "oh, we're having a great time, we will let balloons off, there isn't much of a problem." but it is when you bring that visual impact that has been ingested and getting wrapped up with bits of string and bits of balloon out of their mouths as well. and it could be internal, we find that out when we're able to do a post—mortem on that. the amount of plastic in the ocean is already a threat to marine ecosystems and sea life. and the truth is, it's impossible to tell how much balloons are adding to that problem, because the impact is out there, offshore, unseen and unmeasured. so balloons get released without consideration of the consequences. it's landed in the field, and, being curious, she swallowed it. and they can be just as deadly on land. jennifer's horse died after choking and panicking. right through here with it tangled up, in her back leg, crashed into this, broke her
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neck, and then she laid dying horrendously for what seemed an eternity. the horse was aiming to be a top showjumper just like her sister here. they don't understand that they are releasing litter into the air, airborne litter. the call is for a wider ban on balloons and people to keep their impact in mind before they drift off out of sight. police are ramping up security for sunday's new york city marathon in the wake of the deadly terror attack that took place on tuesday. this year's race, expected to draw millions across the five boroughs, is expected to have the tightest security ever. austin halewood reports. the marathon will go on because new
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york goes on. the words of the city governor in the wake of the terrorist attack that left eight people dead in lower manhattan. the new york city marathon is the largest of its kind in the world and just five days on from the atrocity, despite a shaken public, organisers believe it is important the race goes ahead. new yorkers are resilient. i think they like to make state m e nts resilient. i think they like to make statements and this is a way to make a statement. to come together and show the world that we don't hide. bigger police presence than ever before is expected as more than 50,000 runners from 125,000 —— 125 countries take place in the race, starting on staten island and then weaving through the city before ending in central park. as safety is the top priority, organisers and runners are confident the city has taken the necessary precautions to protect everyone did it the start and finish areas are very secure
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areas. if you do not have the appropriate identification, a bid for a runner, credential as you work, you will not get in. when you get through, you will be checked like you always are. since the 2013 boston marathon bombings in which three people were killed and over 260 injured, security and new york's marathon has already increased. runners are no longer allowed to run in baggy costumes that could conceal weapons. large backpacks and other bags are prohibited. in 2013! was pa rt bags are prohibited. in 2013! was part of the terrorist attack in austin. the one thing i do know and that austen showed, is the resilience and how running can be quite cathartic. new yorkers are as tough as they come and this makes us grew closer to. this is an event not just for the runners but for the people of new york. despite the horrors they have faced this week, to an horrors they have faced this week, toana horrors they have faced this week, to an a half million people are
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still expected to line the streets to watch the race. and one more sporting note, because they were turning back time in the czech republic on saturday — namely to the victorian era. cycling enthusiasts gathered in prague for an annual racing event. but the bikes they were using were a little old fashioned — as tim allman reports. meet the members of the czech philosophy does club. claim to be the oldest sporting club in europe. every year, the men and women, although mostly men, come to this park in prague to remember simpler times. the slower pace of life, riding their penny farthings. there isa riding their penny farthings. there is a spot of raising, albeit at a
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sedate pace but there is also some formation display cycling. the velocity guests may hark back to the 19th century that this event is a bit more recent than that. translation: it started as a race. the tradition was born in 1993 when prague hosted the world championship of historic bicycles. we had some broken arms and concussions so we decided it was better to go more slowly and enjoy the ride. and enjoy it they did. and no doubt will come the same time next year they will return. the gentlemen and even the old lady of the cheque club doing what they do. we can go to some live pictures now from japan. this is you carter airbase where a crowd has gathered
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for the arrival of president trump and the first the first big stop on his tour of asia. this will be a critical few days as he meets the prime minister of japan. the critical few days as he meets the prime minister ofjapan. the two have built up a relationship and they will play golf together. president trump will also talk to us troops who are stationed injapan. he will then head on to south korea. live pictures coming in from yukata airbase injapan live pictures coming in from yukata airbase in japan where live pictures coming in from yukata airbase injapan where a false one has landed for the first big step of this foreign tour for president trump. taking a look at the weather now. after the rain cleared through on saturday afternoon, cold bright conditions moved in place but plenty of showers rattled in from the north—west. through the course of the night, a showery one across western areas.
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thunder and hail and further east it has been dry with clear spells. we start sunday morning on a chilly note. generally speaking it will be dry, drier than saturday. plenty of sunshine but noticeably cold in all areas. we start sunday off with some of the showers across western areas. they will slowly fizzle away into the afternoon and become more confined to western and south—western and eastern coastal areas. many places dry but cold, eight, 10 degrees. they will be struggling. as we head towards bonfire night though, temperatures will be falling. you can see that blue hue there across scotland. a few showers for the northern coast, a few through the north channel. there will be some showers across the east coast. for most places it will be dry for bonfire night. but cold and you may well need to wrap up warm. a few showers around
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the channel islands as well. as we head further on into sunday night it turns even colder. you can see these blue colours across the north, extending south. some places potentially seeing lows down to —5, —6 degrees. it could be a misty and cold start for monday with frost around. the ridge of high pressure, that brings fine weather on sunday and monday morning ebbs away and allows this to push it off the atlantic, bringing in thickening cloud, strengthening wind and cold start on monday but dry with plenty of sunshine. the sunshine diminishes from the west as the weather front moves in that will stay bright across east anglia and the south—east. spots of rain developing across the west of britain and persistent heavy rains in northern and western parts of scotland. it will be milder but cold. for tuesday, a messy picture.
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the weather front will continue eastwards and heavy persistent rain as it travels eastwards. mild but turning cold again across the north and west with sunshine and showers. on into wednesday, we are between weather systems. at clear from the south—east in the cold clear conditions in its wake with more wind and rain pushing into the north and west later on. this is bbc news. the headlines: new details have emerged about the allegations which led to sir michael fallon‘s resignation as defence secretary. the journalist, jane merrick, has said that she contacted downing street to claim he had once tried to kiss her. she decided to name him because of his apparent lack of contrition. labour has called on all the main political parties to agree
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a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. it comes ahead of a meeting planned by theresa may with opposition
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